Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has asked the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) not to include the state as part of Biafra.
Speaking on Thursday at the Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki during a reception organised for him, Umahi said the state has been oppressed and would be part of Nigeria to develop.
The Ebonyi governor noted that the state is better in a fair and equitable Nigeria and would ensure that an average Igbo man is treated fairly.
Speaking further, Umahi said that the Igbo presidency will be a good development for the country.
He said: “Let nobody be afraid of the Presidency of an Igbo man. The Igbo man is a builder and not a destroyer. There is no Igbo man that will be the President of this country and would like to divide or destroy it because we have investments everywhere.
“First and foremost, I have been saying it. If anybody tells you about Biafra, Ebonyi State will never be part of Biafra. We are not Biafra.
“We have so oppressed and now we are finding our feet and you want us to go back. We will not. We will not. We are better in a fair and equitable Nigeria. And we are not going anywhere.
“We are not going anywhere. We won’t. We will continue to appeal and dialogue to be treated fairly and equitably like other regions of Nigeria.
“Some enemies of the South-East say if we become President we will divide the country. How will we divide the country? We have investments everywhere.”